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Kansas Board of Regents Representative

Regent Helen Van EttenThe Kansas Board of Regents appointed Helen Van Etten to the Washburn Board of Regents September 14, 2016.  She has been a member of the Kansas Board of Regents since her appointment in 2013.  She has served on several of that board's committees, including chair of the Academic Affairs Standing Committee, the Midwest Higher Education Compact as a representative and commissioner, the Higher Education and K-12 Coordination Council and Governor's Education Council-committee co-chair.  Most recently, she was appointed by Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, to serve a five-year term as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA).

Since 1985, Van Etten has been an audiologist and currently works for the Topeka School District as its chief audiologist.  In 1988, Van Etten was on the board of directors for the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and remained on the board until 2006.  Between 2004 and 2007, she served on the advisory committee for KAN Be Healthy, a Kansas State Medicaid program for youth and young adults.  In 2010, Van Eten was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series.

Van Etten holds a Master's Degree in Audiology from Wayne State University and a Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida.

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